The structure for the overbank turn of Goliath reached max height of over 120 feet yesterday afternoon. The twist and shout is nearly complete except for a few pieces of track that still needs the top section of the topper track installed. The overbank turn should be completed in the next couple weeks and the construction of the lift, drop, and zero-G stall will begin immediately after. The ride is still on track to open at the start of Memorial Day weekend which is May 24th.
Today, Six Flags Great America released the final concept artwork of their upcoming 3 world record smashing wooden roller coaster, Goliath. The lift hill resembles Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia. This should also mean quicker construction for the lift and drop which should rise within the next month or two. They've also released artwork of how the revamped station and entrance will look. Check out the gallery above.
All photos were taken by Six Flags Great America.
Work continues to progress each day on the twist and shout structure. Track was installed last week for the exiting section of the twist and shout. Bents for the final portion of it are going up today and we should see more track installed for the twist and shout next week. Also, track for the top of the floater hill and the section of track before the brake run are now installed.
The structure for the overbank turn is nearing the half way point of being finished. Twisted track for the twist and shout element is being lifted into place today. In other news regarding Goliath, the 2 trains will have different colors. One train will have red fiberglass seats and other train will have orange fiberglass seats. There's still no word on if it will have seat belts or not, but according to park management, it will just have lap bars with shin padding unlike Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City.
According to park PR Brandon Bruce, the structure for Goliath is about 15% complete. The over bank turn and twist and shout structure is around 25% complete. The structure for the lift and first drop is expected to rise in the coming weeks.
Six Flags Great America announced a whole bunch of new things coming for 2014 at this year's No Coaster Con. One of those things is the brand new biometric system for season pass holders. The biometric system was tested at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Fiesta Texas last season and proved to be a success. What this means is that you will no longer have a photo ID on your pass. Instead, you will scan your finger so your season pass will go off your finger print when you enter the park.
You won't even have to go to a season pass processing center to activate a new pass. Simply hand them your voucher upon your first visit at the entrance, scan your finger, and they'll hand you your 2014 season pass already activated. It saves the guests a lot of time and they won't have to wait in a long line to activate their pass.
They are also replacing the season pass coupon books with an online system. All of your coupons (such as "bring a friend for free") will be loaded onto your season pass so you'll always have the coupons with you. To check which coupons you have remaining, you can sign in to the new Six Flags website coming soon.
Park president Hank Salemi also announced the addition of a new night time show that will replace igNIGHT called "Grand Finale". The show "Reflections" will be returning to the Grand Music Hall this season. As for Goliath, they shared concept photos of how the station and entrance portal will look. The entrance will be a few columns that you will walk under to enter the ride. Wolf's Den snacks will be transforming into Goliath Snacks and they are also adding a new gift shop that will sell Goliath merchandise called Thrill Seekers. It's unclear at this time if that will replace the M-Porium in County Fair.
The theme for this season's Fright Fest is 666. Fright Fest will be 6 weeks (September 27th-November 2nd), 6 haunted houses located through the park and Hurricane Harbor, and 6 spooky shows. Hank Salemi also said they are pushing to add an interactive dark ride in the near future so look for them to add one in the next few seasons.
Construction for Goliath continues to move forward every single day. The past week and half has been focused on digging out the tunnel where the bottom of the first drop and the bottom of the zero-G stall will be. The construction crew is currently placing the footers at the bottom of the tunnel. More supports are also being assembled and should be on the rise within the next week or so. Once the work is done in the tunnel, supports should start going up quickly over the next couple months.
Due to the extreme temperatures in the midwest the last few days, vertical construction for Goliath has been temporarily delayed. The Goliath construction crew took 12 days off to be with family for the Holidays but when they went to return, the cold hit. Temperatures reached around record lows for the Gurnee area with windchill the last couple days. For the safety of the crew, vertical construction is on pause for now. Once the temperature goes back up, vertical construction for Goliath will resume. Vertical construction can resume as early as tomorrow.
Happy new years! To help ring in 2014, we have launched a brand new site design. We have redesigned every single part of the website including the smallest details. Along with the new website layout, we have added sharper text and higher quality banners to each page. The result of these changes means easier navigation and quicker load times throughout the site. We have also updated the park info pages for the upcoming 2014 season at Six Flags Great America. For the full list of changes that have taken place as well as features coming later in the year, please visit this page.